Axel. wrote:If you do this Sit, make sure to include the Rockets team that you raped, so I can see how bad that roster is.
Struggling Bucks Can't Stop Streaking Stealth
JANUARY 8, SEATTLE – The Seattle Stealth moved into a six-way tie for the sixth longest winning streak of all-time in the NBA as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in convincing fashion. The team's 17 game winning matches them with teams including the 59-60 Boston Celtics and more recent achievers of the same mark: 06-07 Phoenix Suns and 07-08 Dallas Mavericks.
Seattle's winning streak will be put to the test in their next game against the Charlotte Bobcats where a win would tie them with three great historic teams on 18 wins: 69-70 New Knicks, 81-82 Boston Celtics, and the 95-96 Chicago Bulls. "This (winning company) is not bad to be among," NBA veteran and Stealth leader Jason Kidd exclaimed after the game, "This turning into a special season."
Kevin Durant led 3 other players in double figures with 24 points. The struggling Bucks ran into the wrong team in their attempt to snap their 2 game losing streak. The Stealth, motivated from the last match between the sides, made a collective effort to hold Bucks' star Jay Gray to 13 points on 5 for 16 shooting. Bucks' shooter Liam Washburn struggled again in a 1 for 9 performance including 0 for 7 from beyond the arc. Jordan Farmar led the Bucks from off the bench with 17 points.
Badger wrote:I'm inactive on there, are you still allowing draft forms?
Houndy wrote:Lets go for 40 baby!
Lamrock wrote:I just let you guys win because I like records.
|)e8* wrote:Sit gonna lose at Washington!
Valor wrote:Nice to see this get back on track once again
Good win, can't wait to see how far you'll go
Stealth Slow At Home But Finish Job
JANUARY 9, SEATTLE – Fatigue and complacency crept into the equation for Seattle as they stumbled across the finish line at home against the Charlotte Bobcats. Seattle let a comfortable 22 point third quarter lead fade away before battling hard to hold on for a 102-95 final scoreline. This set the team up for their 18th straight win before they head to the nation's capital to face the Wizards for a chance to extend their winning streak to 19.
Head Coach George Karl was not pleased with his team's lack of effort in the final quarter. He called out Allen Iverson for missing four jumpers in a row instead of making the extra pass. "If we want to win in Washington," Karl warned, "We need to play a lot better than this." However, he did also praised Jason Kidd for returning to the game late to steady the ship and Kevin Durant for hitting two clutch jumpers.
After the Bobcats went on a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter, Karl was forced to bring Durant and Kidd back onto the court. "This (going back to the starters) was not necessary (if) the bench did their job," Karl explained, "I was very disappointed in Allen and the rest of the team." Durant and Kidd did their jobs and helped the Stealth hold onto their lead and the win. It wasn't over until the final minute though with the Bobcats trailing by just 3 points before Durant nailed back to back jumpers to seal the win in a span of 30 seconds.
Durant led the Stealth with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks. Kidd had a double double of 16 points and 14 assists. Iverson scored 18 points on some inefficient shooting.
Devin Harris scored 18 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter. Peja Stojakovic was the Bobcats' next best with 18 points. "We had a very good fourth quarter tonight," Harris said, "To do it against Seattle is a huge confidence booster for our team. We had a shot at stopping them but they're playing great basketball right now."
dare wrote:What is my performance against you guys?
Grandmama Johnson wrote:Still relatively new to NLSC and trying to slowly catch up on the whole Legend is Born saga. That said, well done! The awards clearly speak for themselves and I'm looking forward to following from here on. Good luck vs. Washington and keep that win streak intact.
Valor wrote:Scoring so little is not like you Used to seeing the Stealth pile up 120+ ppg
Arenas: We Can Slow Down Stealth
JANUARY 11, WASHINGTON – Wizards All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas has boldly predicted that he will lead his team to a win against the streaking Seattle Stealth. “They’re not going to win in my building,” Arenas said after his team shoot around, “Kevin (Durant) texted me and I must say that I disagree with what he said.”
Arenas laughed when asked what the NBA’s leading scorer had included in his message. “It was some funny stuff but not something I’d repeat,” he admitted, “But it was along the lines of him thinking Seattle would have a walkover of my guys. Plus he’s from the area so he wants to stake out his territory.”
Arenas added, “I won’t let him do that. We’re beating him even if all his friends and family are here. It don’t make no difference to me.” The Wizards are playing relatively well and are sticking in the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Arenas has been praised for his leadership throughout the years in the nation’s capital and recently reiterated his desire to stay with the franchise until he retires.
Kidd Defends Teammates
JANUARY 11, WASHINGTON – Amid the criticism that his team has begun to become complacent as well as burning too much energy during their 18 game winning streak, Jason Kidd has responded by backing up his team mates.
“I don’t think we are complacent,” the veteran told press, “Everyone has it wrong. Yes, the guys were a little tired because of the back to back but there was no complacency.”
Kidd also argued, “We’ve had a pretty tough schedule these last few weeks with minimal rest in between games. We have a lot of back to backs and just one or two days rest in between games. Plus we’ve played away a lot as well. It’s perfectly natural to be a little tired.”
When asked whether fatigue will be an issue in their game against the Wizards, Kidd smiled and replied, “(Fatigue) won’t be an issue. We’ve been working hard to recover as well as stay sharp. I’m aiming to lead my guys out there and we’re all hoping to make a statement to the rest of the league.”
The final question that Kidd answered was whether the winning streak would be continuing. He said, “Maybe.”
Career Highs Fall As Streak Continues
Seattle Stealth at Washington Wizards: 131-71
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January 11, WASHINGTON (AP) – Kevin Durant was victorious in front of friends and family but on this momentous occasion of playing in his hometown, it was his team mates who wowed the pro-Wizards crowd. Durant may have finished with 25 points and 7 rebounds but was overshadowed by Andrew Bogut and Jason Kidd.
Bogut scored a career high 36 points and Kidd dished out an amazing career high 26 assists. Bogut scored on a flurry of well executed post moves that ended with baby hooks, short jumpers and a handful of dunks. He missed just 1 shot all night (15-16 FG). Kidd was even more incredible as he set a team record of 26 assists and set an NBA record that might never be broken: the most assist by a 40 year old NBA player.
“I guess this season keeps getting better,” Durant smiled in the locker room after the game, “We’re playing awesome basketball right now. What a night!” Bogut and Kidd both conducted a podium interview set up after the game. The pair explained how they were happy with their new individual milestones but would be more than glad to trade it for team success.
“We’re in a good spot right now,” Kidd said, “The goal for me is to win a championship. That’s all that matters to me right now.” Bogut also acknowledged his new scoring high but added, “Kevin scores 30 points every night so it’s no real big deal. My performance was good but nothing special in the context of the team. The most important thing is that we won another one.”
Gilbert Arenas was not happy about his side’s loss after predicting that the home side would win. Arenas didn’t talk to reporters before leaving the stadium through a back exit. Arenas had tried his best to save his team from the embarrassing thumping by scoring 38 points.
The secret to the Stealth’s win was not only Bogut, Kidd and Durant’s offensive performances but also thanks to their defence. LaMarcus Aldridge was held by Bogut to 2 points on 1 for 7 shooting. Kidd did an outstanding job by forcing Klemen Pirc into finishing with 6 points on 1 for 16 shooting. Al Thornton was even schooled by Durant as he shot just 6 for 19.
“It was not a good night,” Aldridge shook his head after the match.
Notes: Bogut’s previous career high was 34 points. Kidd’s previous career high was 25 assists… Durant had a nice little section of the stadium devoted to a pack of friends and family. The Stealth star and NBA leading scorer was born and raised in Washington DC… Kidd’s 26 assists even eclipsed the defunct Seattle Sonics’ record of 25 assists set by Nate McMillan on February 23 1987 against the LA Clippers…
Box Score wrote:Seattle Stealth 28-9 (34 – 29 – 27 – 41 – 131)
Andrew Bogut: 36 pts, 9 reb, 5 blk, 15-16 FG, 6-6 FT
Kevin Durant: 25 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 9-14 FG, 1-3 3PT, 6-7 FT
Reshawn Tyson: 20 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 9-11 FG
Allen Iverson: 16 pts, 6 ast, 7-11 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT
Jason Kidd: 10 pts, 26 ast, 2 stl
David Lee: 6 pts, 12 reb
Washington Wizards 16-20 (17 – 14 – 27 – 13 – 71)
Gilbert Arenas: 38 pts, 14-34 FG
Al Thornton: 15 pts, 6-19 FG
Klemen Pirc: 6 pts, 10 ast, 1-16 FG
LaMarcus Aldridge: 2 pts, 7 reb, 4 blk, 1-7 FG
Grand Theft 2K11 : DUB Edition wrote:Is it just me, or do the Stealth jerseys on the pic have no team names?
Sit wrote:Thanks for supporting my team X
Sit wrote:Next game: Wolves @ Stealth.
Updated: January 12, 2014
Proving To Be Worthy Contenders?
Seattle are on the verge of joining a select group and pushing league followers to really believe that they can win a title.
Andrew Bogut has been an underrated player in the Stealth’s recent dominance
By Woody Hannes
The Seattle Stealth ended up winning 18 games in a row with their stumble across the finish line against the Charlotte Bobcats. That finish against the Bobcats was reminiscent of the team’s early form to start the NBA season. That was when Seattle hovered around the .500 mark for all of November. A few nights later, Kevin and ‘Krew’ would make up for their sloppy form in a 19th straight win and demolition of the Washington Wizards in the country’s capital.
Back in November, everyone knew that Seattle looked pretty average but dismissed this as another slow start to the season and no need to worry. Although everyone had pretty much conceded that the Stealth were going to get better as the season went on; who could have guess that they would be THIS good?
Seattle had tied three other teams who have held 18 game winning streaks.
After their win against the Wizards, the Stealth tied the 1999-2000 Lakers’ fourth best mark of 19 straight wins. The only winning streaks that are longer than the Stealth’s current one are the following three:
33 game win streak: 71-72 Lakers
22 game win streak: 07-08 Rockets
20 game win streak: 70-71 Bucks
If you ignore the Rockets (who were knocked out in the first round that season and were playing without Yao Ming), this is some pretty elite company.
This is some pretty historic company.
Actually, this is NBA championship-winning company.
The 70-71 Bucks and both Lakers teams mentioned won championships during the seasons that they set record length regular season winning streaks. Jason Kidd will be happy to hear about that.
Could the Stealth add themselves to the list?
The Stealth aren’t just winning games against bad teams; they’ve been doing it against good teams too (Portland, Dallas, Indiana, Miami just to name a few). And against the bad teams; the Stealth are outright destroying them (Check the past drubbings against the Houston and Washington – these two are the most impressive wins this season).
The cause for Seattle’s success has to be the play of NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant. Durant struggled early on in the season and it was no coincidence that the team struggled as well. Ever since vowing to play a more aggressive game of basketball, Durant not only has set himself up for solid MVP consideration but has also lifted his team to new heights. After two back to back trips to the Western Conference Finals; it’s hard to think of anything other than winning it all for Seattle to really impress followers. However, the team is doing it right now by writing a little bit of history as they position themselves for home court advantage and easy passage to the NBA Finals. This is all thanks to Kevin.
After Kevin, the next most important piece of the team is Andrew Bogut. The Australian center is proving his billing as a superstar of the game ever since being selected with the number 1 overall draft pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. His story is well known and what is understated is his worth to this team. Bogut’s court smarts and knack for making the right passes are what sets him apart from the typical NBA center. A lot of players in this league can score the rock or play solid interior defense. Only a few can do both. And then there’s Bogut who is the quintessential NBA superstar center of the modern day. Bogut does all of that plus more.
Jason Kidd continues to threaten to average a double double even though he is in his 40s. Reshawn Tyson is continually rising as a superstar. Allen Iverson can give you 20-25 points on any given night, whether he is starting or not. David Lee is an All-Star masquerading as a role player and Adam Morrison even has his moustache again.
Can these guys win a title even though they have pretty much had the same team for nearly 5 years now? This season is different to the past two for one significant reason: George Karl. Karl is revered by all of his players (Said Durant, “The return of Coach Karl is the best thing to happen to us as a ball club.”) and that is the biggest move that the team could have made last summer after another 7 game series defeat to the eventual champion Kings.
The Western Conference Finals was always going to be the furthest the team would have gotten with Will Sit at the helm. Sit tried too hard to get his team to do something they didn’t want to do – play defense. It drove him mad and it drove his players mad. Karl is the opposite; he doesn’t care about defense. And this all-attack attitude has the team sailing. Karl has the potential to guide this team to an NBA Finals; he’s done it before after all.
Once there, the Stealth will face a very valid concern though. Even if the Stealth romp their way through the regular season; are they tough enough to win in the playoffs?
Seattle has a number of strong opponents to knock out before they punch their tickets to collect that silverware. The Western Conference still has the likes of defending champs Sacramento. New Orleans, Utah and Golden State are strong teams as well. The Eastern Conference champions aren’t going to be walkovers with revamped squads in Cleveland and New Jersey. All of these teams can score and we all know that old-adage: ‘defense wins rings’.
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy this Seattle Stealth win streak as it doesn’t appear like it’s going to end any time soon and it is a joy to watch these guys play their brand of basketball. Their pedigree as championship contenders grows with every win.
If Seattle wins it all this season – quote me in June.
Axel. wrote:Great article. You guys are in top form to win the championship. Don't go the way the Rockets went with their win streak.
Houndy wrote:Nice article, your team has the pieced to go all the way
Thierry • wrote:I'm gonna pretend I didn't read that. I know Tyson might have a small voice in his head "GO TO NY", but you gotta keep him, that quartet is just too good.
JaoSming2KTV wrote:its fun on a bun
JaoSming2KTV wrote:its fun on a bun
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